SNOWMASS SET FOR EARLY OPENING SAT 19/11/2011
Sun 20 November 11
Snowmass to Open with 160 Acres of Terrain Including the Big Burn. The lifts will fire up at 9 a.m. this Saturday, November 19 as Snowmass opens for the season five days earlier than scheduled.
"Since making this announcement a week ago, the excitement meter has been in redlining around the valley," said Rich Burkley, vice president Mountain Operations. "People are fired up to get on the hill and the phones have been ringing off the hook."
The Village Express and Big Burn lifts will run accessing more than 3,200 vertical feet, 7 trails and 160 acres. The Sky Cab Gondola and the Ski School Magic Carpet will also be in operation. Sneaky's, Mick's Gully, Max Park, Lunchline, Upper Scooper, Hals and Fanny Hill all will open as it stands today, with more terrain to be added dependent on weather and snowfall. Lifts will run from 8:30 a.m.to 3:30 p.m.
The mountain will open with two terrain parks, one on Water Plant Flats with several jib and urban features and a jump on the Dawdler steeps. The Ullrhof and Up 4 Pizza will be open for dining. Sneaky's will be open for après ski with drink and food specials. The Treehouse Kids' Adventure Center will also be open. Discounted ski and snowboard lessons will also be available. Parking is free in Snowmass until Thanksgiving Day.
All Aspen/Snowmass season passes will be valid for the early opening. Lift tickets will be $59 for adults, $54 for youth/senior and $49 for children. Discounts are available for multi day tickets. Classic Pass extension days are $32 for adult passholders and $25 for children. Escape Pass validations are $32 adult, $25 youth/senior, $19 child and $15 for Silver Escape. Pricing is valid for November 19 - 23 only. Tickets, extensions and validations will not scan valid after November 23. The Aspen Mountain ticket office will have extended hours next week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to accommodate guests prior to the Thanksgiving opening of Aspen Mountain. On those days the ticket office will be open until 7 p.m.
Aspen Mountain will open to the public as scheduled on Thursday, November 24, with the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club benefit day on the 23rd. World Cup ski racing returns, with the world's fastest women skiers taking center stage on Aspen Mountain for the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational Audi FIS Alpine World Cup, November 26-27. The first Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert of the season takes place Saturday night, November 26 with Cowboy Mouth taking the stage at the base of Aspen Mountain.
Aspen Skiing Company operates the four mountains in the Aspen/Snowmass area - Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk - as well as the award-winning Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen/Snowmass. The area offers unparalleled nightlife and off-slope activities as well. Aspen/Snowmass is accessible by two of the most convenient airports in the mountains - Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE) (3 miles from Aspen) and Eagle County Airport (EGE) (70 miles from Aspen). For more information on Aspen Skiing Company, please call 800-525-6200 or 970-925-1220, or visit the company's website at www.aspensnowmass.com.
Sun 20 November 11, Loon Mountain, USA
Temperatures dipped yesterday, and we wasted no time lighting a fire under our snow guns. Weather permitting, we'll open for the winter season on Thursday, November 24.
Sun 20 November 11, Lake Louise, Canada
Lake Louise offers early season’s highest vertical with the opening of more expert terrain.
Mon 21 November 11, Nevis Range, United Kingdom
The Engineers have been busy building new fencing on the hill A total of 1200 metres of fencing is either completely new, or has been re built. 900 metres of this fencing is brand new rail style fencing.
Mon 21 November 11, Whistler/Blackcomb, Canada
With almost 30cm of new snow in the last two days and up to 80cm forecasted by Tuesday, Whistler Mountain opens more than 2,350 vertical feet.
Tue 29 November 11, Whistler/Blackcomb, Canada
Blackcomb Mountain opened today, joining Whistler Mountain which opened six days early on November 18.